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Kopin Announces Initial Shipment of New VIPERTM Head-Mounted Display


TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 13, 2009-- Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for consumer, industrial and military applications, today announced that it has completed the initial delivery of several hundred new VIPERTM head-mounted display (HMD) units to a prime U.S. defense contractor. The monocular VIPER HMD, a full-color remote viewer with VGA resolution, can be connected to any surveillance or thermal camera. This compact, lightweight display system is designed for Homeland Security, military and first-responder markets including police, fire, marine and border patrol. In conjunction with the VIPER HMD, Kopin is launching the VIPER Display Module with VGA resolution to support the industrial camera and HMD markets.

“The VIPER HMD and Display Module provide key ‘plug-and-play’ solutions to system integrators seeking high-performance video displays,” said Tony Bacarella, Kopin’s Director of Business Development for Government Programs. “Based on our full-color CyberDisplay® VGA LV microdisplay, the VIPER HMD and display module offer superb image quality in compact, low-power versatile configurations, which can be readily integrated into a wide range of products.”

Weighing less than one ounce, the VIPER HMD can be easily attached to eyewear, goggles and helmet visors with a universal mounting system. It provides a 640 x 480-resolution image to a user in a 28º field of view, equivalent to a 42-inch virtual image at a distance of 7 feet. The unit is capable of remote viewing of monochrome (RS-170) or color (NTSC/PAL) video, and runs on 4 AA batteries for more than 24 hours. The cabling system incorporates in-line quick-disconnect connectors for improved safety. It also has a universal video connector allowing adaptation to a wide range of video output connectors. The VIPER viewer is capable of operating between – 40º C to 49º C. The VIPER HMD was developed in partnership with Intevac Vision Systems, a business unit within Intevac Photonics, Inc.

“This initial VIPER HMD order is yet another example of our strategic focus on delivering microdisplay products for higher value applications such as defense and Homeland Security,” said Dr. John C. C. Fan, Kopin’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our VIPER products also serve as an entry into industrial end markets, expanding on our military and consumer product base. We are pleased with the early traction we have gained in this application and look forward to continuing this momentum.”

About Kopin

Kopin Corporation produces lightweight, power-efficient, ultra-small liquid crystal displays and heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) that are revolutionizing the way people around the world see, hear and communicate. Kopin has shipped more than 30 million displays for a range of consumer and military applications including digital cameras, personal video eyewear, camcorders, thermal weapon sights and night vision systems. The Company's unique HBTs, which help to enhance battery life, talk time and signal clarity, have been integrated into billions of wireless handsets as well as into WiFi, VoIP and high-speed Internet data transmission systems. Kopin's proprietary display and HBT technologies are protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin's website at

Kopin, CyberDisplay, VIPER and The NanoSemiconductor Company are trademarks of Kopin Corporation.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this news release about the initial shipment of Kopin’s VIPER HMD, including statements related to future market opportunities, may be considered "forward-looking" under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. . Factors that might affect the actual results, performance or achievements include, among other things: technical, manufacturing or other issues that could prevent Kopin from ramping the manufacture of its VIPER HMD products; the potential that Kopin may not receive future orders for these products; the possibility that any future military programs involving the VIPER HMD may be delayed or cancelled; the impact of general economic and business conditions and growth in the microdisplay market; the impact of competitive products and pricing; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no responsibility to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstance occurring after the date of this report.

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